Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 22, 1976 · Page 10
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10 ·Northwest Arkansas TIMES, · Thura., April 11, I«X First Time In 20 Years ^^1^^^^^^^^^^^^^--^--i ; Race For C/iie/ Justice Of State Supreme Court Contested , , ,, _ _ _ , _ - _ · j . , _ u _ l - f«- r.n,,*i..,l o»V.ln In (ha In/Kninru - H o "nlinn M.aill/a fvn«hWahlu Karri* thpw Were CUriOU? abOljt But. SO far, the Crlll LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- For the first lime in 20 years, the 'race for chief justice of the stale Supreme Court is contested. Jim Johnson, 51. of Conn ay. who has run for a half-dozen offices, filed for the position after the incumbent, Carlcton Harris; ,had filed for re-election. Court races usually lack con t'overs\ because the canons of v .-5 proh.b.l i-dicb 1 021^' dE es from the kind of free wheeling rhetoric that occurs in races for other offices But Johnson has long been known for his rhetoric--not always applauded for it. but well known, nevertheless and · this court race, is expected to be more livelv than most SIMILARITIES SEEN -There are some similarities between the USD men I Each has" served ' on tbe court Horns won the position in 1956 in a contest for the last four years of the term of Griffin Smith, who had died. Harris ' later won two eight-year terms w i t h o u t opposition. Johnson served on the count in 195866, resigning in the last-year of his term to run for governor. 2. Thev attended .the same Tennessee law school. Cumber land University.- at' different times. Harris said lie cassed the Arkansas bar examination on his first trv Johnson said he failed on Ins first two tries, b passed on the third 3, Each insists that the court post, which is identified.as Pd sition 1, is the place.he wants to be Harris has been insisting tba : for some lime. Jonnson jusf recently A few jejrs ago, the chie v justice told an inter\iev\er tha I'becoming chief juJic" had Jbeen a life-long dream. "I stil * have to pinch mjself some ;times.to realize that it's true, ·he said . Harris al'o served in (he leg 'islature and was a " Chancer.\ Court judge at Pine Bluff, his hometown for eight ^ears be fore winning the Supreme Cour position But he said most o his life has been spent'in mov ing toward or serving in the po sition of chief justice. MORE DIVERSE Johnson's political hack ground is more diverse. He h;j run for the state Senate, gover nor, atorney general, the !Su preme Court, governor again the US. Senate, and 'now. fo -the court again. The challenger's.-wife, : . V i r ginia, also has made a coupl of political races. Johnson wo only for state Sen ate-and th court. But Johnson maintains tha this is not just another Jin "Johnson political; outing. II ··court service was rewardin and worthwhile,, his other .Yen tures always left him feelir "uncomfortable," anil., he : ha concluded that the court w. mv r i g h t f u l place," he said Harris was chief justice du ing the nearly eight years th'i. Johnson was on the court an they remember 'a few .thing about each other. Some of them are com alimentary Harris on Johnson: "He was nice enough fellow to drink offee \vitli, have a conversa- on with, and things like that." Johnson on Harris: 1 "Carleton nd I shared many joys and orrows together. It pains me make this race " But they also have unfavor- ble things to sa _ Harris pn : Johnson: '-I didn t eel he was in the right place. iat he had a good: tempera^ m e n t f o r being a Judgo.iHc was Iway's involved in political ;ac- vilies. even while he -was. a udge." Johnson on Harris "What is larming to'me is the demon- iraled lack of leadership prev lent in the' .Judicial Dcpart- ment during the past few ears The caseload is at leasl wice what it should be." The caseload, issue, coupler uth Johnson's assertion that eadtrship has been lacking may be the main issue m the ace. There are different ways to measure caseload One is to count only the full fledged cases that ha\e come up from trials in Ihe lower courts An other is to cpunt the number of majority, minority, concurring, ir other types of opinions writ- en by the judges' in connection with 'those cases.-A third is to count the number of trial cases. }lus'other petitions and motions with Which the court dealt. Using the latter method, ths 1075 caseload--actudllv total workload--was 800 items. In 1965, Johnson's last full year on the court, the number was MO. An actual doubling does not ap pear to have occurred, but Hie load, is by most of the stand a'rds generally, followed...more than is desirable As a footnote, it mav be worth mentioning that the workload i did d o u b l e , during Johnson's' time on the court rising from about 2o5 in 1958 lo about 500 in 1865 The problem of the caseload has been Ihe subject of dis ussion and.debate tor several ears. Harris went before. Hie asl. state , constitutional condition to urge support for a revision, to form an inter- nediate court lo handle some ppeals That prouslon was in [uded in the proposed con titution of 1970 but the i voters created the constitution of 970, but the voters defeated ic cohstituton. Johnson suggested .theunter icdiate- court concept- as : one vay of dealing .with the-case- oad when he held a news con- erence April 9. REJECTS CHARGE Harris-rejects_ the charge that e has given inadequate lead Eureka Springs Passion Play Seeks Applicants For Parts "Fascinating jobs for more hari 160 Arkansans," was how Director Robert A Hyde todav [escribed the objective of the irn e for cftst members for Ihe Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs The drive.'will begin 'with a public meeting for past. and iiture'cast:members to be held Saturday May 1 at 7 30 p m n the cafeteria of the Lureka Springs High School Applications \ull be eccepted or the 40 principal roles and he more than 120 "street cha aclers," whose' colorful aclivi- ies in streets'of old Jerusalem, ^produced in a natural amphi heat re on a Eii rek a S prings hillside; ..have 'done, so much, so\s Hyde 'to make the Great J .issioTi r Play the number one iut'door drama in the U.S. A" Last year the production drew 88,216 customers, surpassing ts nearest-rival ('.'Shepherd of he Hills ') by more than 15,000 LSI CAST SHARE The cast share, -says'"Hyde, s not handled :by .the EStm -M. Smith Foundation, the . play's producers, but goes direct to an . elected .cast committee which divided SllG.227.last year. Last year'top ''actors drew $ 1,136.75 · each · for: the 22-wc ek season oE five evenings a week -- assuming they missed no performance. One.of the many attractions of working in this cast, says Hyde, is that any -player ma.v miss an evening by simply g n m g adequate notice (o ,the production staff so that the understudy.can go on. Another, he says, is trmt ,"yox don't have lo be an experiencet actor to .give :a good per tormance i n - t h e Great Passion Play." This is because all speaking ·ales have been pre-recorded o: .a dtaloguc tape to enable them to be amplified to reach ever; one of the 4,000 seats. HALF ACTED "Thus every role ' says th irector. "has : been half acte Iready, and in exery case bj , professional AH that i equired of the local pla\t?rs ] onvincing -'miming and lip yncbing to the pre-recordet -oises. This does-require con iderable skill, he adds, buM s quickly learned and adequat ehearsals are to be held fo his purpose from May , 1 hrough 19. He -adds, "Of cours alciit helps.jand- many of ou cast who return ear after ca lave it in abundance." This year's opening night wi be May'21. «t 8:30. The pla uns two hours 'and 10 minute vitti no intermission No playe s on stage continuously Ther are many breaks betwee scenes for individuals whil others perform and one of th pleasures of -being iii^the GPP says i j H y d e i 1 . 1 - i s - meeting old friends and making ,nev ones For 'those who cannot attend he May meeting, Gene Lyon; sEage administrator who also nticlerstudies Hyde in the role ership to ihe judiciary. He xiinted to. projects which have inished.or are still working tO' ward revision 'of ' t h e 'State's criminal laVvs, creating'"model jury instruclioiis in civil cases, drafting model jury instructions i n l c r i m i n a l cases, tertd revising Lhe rules of civil : procedure. These : steps; he · said, smooth the progress of litigation and make : procedures ~ more unl- fo r m. ' He also ^js the court has found a way to deal with the c a s e l o a d problem ' Hard work." Harris said he reads court cases at home at : night. .The court also has changed its va cation practice considerably since Johnson's days on the court. When Johnson was on :he court, the~summer vacation usually \ tested three months. Now it lasts one. Qne\problem ol dealing with the caseload is that some of Lhe possible -solutions require con stitulional amendments.: There has "been little' - evidence .on whether voters would be receptive to a constituioh at change in the structure of the courts. This year's general.election will ask whether the people wfcnt the state to hold -another con stitutlonal convention. When Johnson told newsmen il pained him to run agamsl Harris, they were curious about why he ran, and, anticipating ;he q'uestion, - Johnson said he lad "every reason to believe" ihat Harris would back out of Lhe race it Faced by a vigorous opponent. 'Since Harris'didn't back out, Johnson said.it was.clear that the · information' Johnson had was wrong or that Harris didn't consider Johnson a Formidable foe, "and as for my part, the contest,is on 1 ." In past campaigns, Johnson has uncorked derisive, scornful rebukes' of "his foes. He. called .Winthrop Rockefeller -and ' the Rockefeler entouragle "linip- .wristed, wet-lipped ..liberals." But, so far, the criticism by Johnson of -Harris has been mild, Johnson did pledge.to run a vigorous- campaign. He lost 42 jounds, he said, in his 1966 fiu ijernatorlal race and docs;not intend to approach:the current campaign with any less fervor. In short,'Hurris will face the vigorous campaign that John son had indicated .would drive Harris out of the race The implication of some or Johnson's remarks was that Harris' age and the condition of his health would compel the chief justice to withdraw tn the face of a strong challenge Harris says his health is dandy. Sears FRIDAY-SATURDAY VALUES! Shop Sears 10 to 9 Daily of Christ, will mail an appli cation blank on request His addresses: The Great Passion Flay. - Eureka-. Springs, '"72632; phone: 253-8038. Tullis Killed MOUNTAINBURG, Ark, CAP) -- "Bred "Tullis, ·», of Hope was killed '. Wednesday when his tractor-trailer, rig ran off U.S."71'. just' south 'of here and overturned in a creek, the State Police said. Trooper Don Moore said Tul lis 1 rig was traveling too fast to negotiate a turn in the high way. 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